Laura Ní Fhlaibhín works with materials related to healing and nourishment. Sifting stories, materials and traces associated with site, memory, myth, narratives of care and the casting of spells, she creates complex but pithy material scenarios. These may incorporate condensed sculptural images, drawings, text, performance, and formal gatherings of elements that serve as ritual artefacts and talismans.
Laura Ní Fhlaibhín has always maintained a drawing aspect to her practice, as a means to access and nourish intuitive storytelling. Drawing is open-ended for her: there is a freedom in where the line will go, what images become central, who are the characters. Sometimes she works with pencil, or combines materials such watercolours, homemade inks such as oak gall, copper oxide and willow charcoal, with smears of lubricant and medicinal ointments. She works intuitively when she draws and finds the possibilities when faced with a blank sheet/page/pad to be both parts exhilarating and nerve wracking. Once marks are made, the drawings take on their own life, preoccupations come into focus; maybe it’s a gathering of kin spirits, or a charged tree branch, or a swollen intestinal inflammation.